I’d like to share one of my very favorite healing techniques. It is a very simple apparatus that I have used for years on nearly a daily basis day and/or night to both re-energize and relax. Without needing any external energy source beyond that of my own body, this apparatus makes it possible to feel reinvigorated within ten to fifteen minutes. And, for a deeper effect, I use it for an hour or two. It was created nearly a century ago by a pilot for the British Royal Air Force who was seriously injured when his plane malfunctioned on take-off. He recovered sufficiently to resume flying for another three years, but in 1918 he was forced back into the hospital with an array of symptoms stemming from the original injury.
Over the next year, he spent time in 5 different hospitals but found no effective therapies to relieve the severe head and spinal pain, unrelenting insomnia and exhaustion that he was experiencing. The pilot, Leon Eeman, came to the realization that if he were to recover it would have to be by his own efforts and it was to this goal that he devoted himself.
Taking inspiration from the Biblical injunction to “heal the sick by laying on of hands”, Eeman began to explore the nature of the energy that could be transmitted from one person’s hands to the body of another. Today, when many people have been directly exposed to, or at least heard, about homeopathy, acupuncture, Reiki, Jinshin Jyustu as well as other forms of massage, we have become relatively familiarized to the concept of some inherent form of energy that flows through all living organisms and which goes by various names like qi, prana, vital force or bioenergy.
But for Eeman this was new territory and he was determined not only to understand it but also to harness it to cure himself. And what was quite unique about Eeman’s work was the fact that he developed a method that relied on no outside presence – neither another person, nor electricity, nor any form of medicine. Neither was it necessary to devote a great deal of time and effort to master a yogic or meditative discipline.
Instead, he invented a simple device by which any person could transmit energy to his own body by merely lying down on it. In essence, the device connects various points of one’s own body to facilitate the circulation of one’s own energy.
Eeman called it a ‘relaxation circuit’. Known today by various names such as ‘relaxation screens’, ‘biocircuits’, ‘Eeman circuits’ or ‘Eeman screens’, the basic circuit consists of a pair of copper wires. On one end of the cord, a copper wire mesh with cotton backing is attached and on the other end a copper handle.
To use them, a person simply needs to lie down with the wire mesh of one circuit under the back of the head and the mesh of the other under the sacral area of the spine. The handle of the upper circuit under the head is held by the left hand, while the right hand holds the lower circuit leading from the sacrum. Finally, one crosses one legs left over right.
By spending a great deal of time on his relaxation circuits over a number of years, Eeman was able to cure himself. He then devoted the rest of his life to enhancing his understanding of this energy, performing various experiments, creating other circuits with different configurations and, most importantly, the treatment of patients.
Eventually, he also created a ‘cooperative circuit’ that connected two or more people together as a way for a healthy person to heal a sick one. In addition, he developed a method whereby he could introduce an external substance such as a homeopathic remedy into the circuit. This would allow the patient to experience the healing energy of the remedy without needing to ingest it.
His work became fairly well known amongst English homeopaths, radionics practitioners and other types of healers in the 1940’s and 50’s. Others followed up on his work, creating different circuits, using different substances such as silk instead of copper, and developing different ways to introduce medication into the circuit.
Although the circuits have evolved over time, for me their greatest appeal is the simplicity of a few of the basic configurations and the fact that one need not introduce any foreign energy source. They are inexpensive to purchase and easy to construct for a moderately handy person. And, since there is no external energy source necessary when an individual uses these circuits, it clearly stimulates a person’s own life force – which Eeman referred to as the ‘X-Force’, by taking advantage of and enhancing the natural configuration of energy patterns in the human body.
Eeman found that people who used the circuits would experience a sense of relaxation, warmth, drowsiness and over all well being. (Another very appropriate name for his invention is ‘relaxation circuits’.) This was accompanied by the physiological reactions of lowered blood pressure, slower and stronger pulse, deeper breathing. He wrote that using the circuits “fosters sleep, recovery from fatigue and disease, and the capacity for work and health in general.”1
The configuration of head to the left and sacrum to the right was not arbitrary. Eeman found that unless used that way, there would be none of the beneficial results for a great majority of people. In fact, instead of the diminishment of pain, physiological relaxation and sense of calm that was usually the outcome of using the circuits, people would feel agitated and their physical symptoms increased.
But this was actually not universal, there was a smallest minority of person who ‘wired’ in the opposite way and had to connect the head to the right hand and the sacrum to the left. Otherwise, they would experience a negative aggravation of their symptoms. In his experiments, when people first placed in a configuration appropriate to them had the configuration reversed, within minutes they would express discomfort and want to get off the circuits.
What Eeman surmised and later experimentally determined was that the human body, much like a battery, has a polarity of energy that can be found along three axes - head to foot, left to right and front to back. The energy charge was opposite on the different poles of each axis. Using familiar terminology, the head was considered to be positive while the spine negative, the right positive and the left negative, and the front negative and the back positive.
Thus, the circuits work by connecting positive and negative parts of the body to create a flow of bioenergy within one’s own body.
Throughout his long career, Eeman treated with great success a wide range of disease including nervous and mental, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and musculo-skeletal illnesses. His success was enhanced by two factors: the creation of other configurations of circuits that were more effective, and two, the use of the ‘cooperative circuits’ to connect himself via special circuits to his patients and thereby transfer his own energy to them. In this and many other ways, Eeman was a true ‘healer’ who left us an elegant and simple tool to heal ourselves.
References: 1. Patten, Leslie and Terry. “Biocircuits: Amazing New Tools for Energy Health”; H. J. Kramer, Tiburon, CA, 1988
Gene Chamberlin. http://www.gene5.com/relax.htm